Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in 1 Troy Ounce of .999 Pure Silver Selectively Enhanced with 24K Gold
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in 1 Troy Ounce of .999 Pure Silver and Selectively Enhanced with 24K Gold
This silver proof coin is minted in 1 Troy ounce of .999 pure silver then selectively enhanced with 24K gold. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, each piece comes sealed in a protective Lucite capsule and mounted in an elegant leatherette presentation box.
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk was a stealth ground attack aircraft formerly operated by the United States Air Force. The F-117A's first flight was in 1981, and it achieved Initial Operational Capability status in October 1983. The F-117A was "acknowledged" and revealed to the world in November 1988.
As a product of the Skunk Works and a development of the Have Blue prototype, it became the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology. The F-117A was widely publicized during the Gulf War.
The Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008, primarily due to the purchasing and eventual deployment of the more effective F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.